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Establishing Paternity

Family Law Lawyer in Long Island, NY

Paternity rights refer to the rights that the biological father of a child has. If you are the father of a child who was born outside of wedlock, then you will need to establish paternity before you will have any rights to the child, or any say in how the child is raised.

If you wish to declare paternity voluntarily, then there are essentially two ways to accomplish this:

  • 1. You could be present at the time of the child's birth and sign a declaration of paternity, this is also necessary to have your name placed on the child's birth certificate
  • 2. If you are not present at the time of birth, then you may fill out an affidavit of paternity any time between the birth of your child and when they turn 18

The benefits of establishing paternity are that you will be granted some responsibility for the child including visitation rights, possible custody rights, and child support payments. There are benefits to establishing paternity that can work in favor of either side. A mother may want to receive child support payments and by proving that someone is the father, they can be held accountable by the court. This can work in the best interest of both the parent and the child. For a father that is not being given access to his child, being established as the biological father can make him held in a higher standard by the court. They may choose to give him certain rights that may currently be withheld from him.

It is important that you understand the benefits in detail, and that you have access to legal assistance if you encounter any problems. Further, a representative from our firm can provide you with the answers that you are seeking and the legal advice and assistance that you may need. When you are looking to establish paternity, this will need to be done on a legal and a medical level.

Seeking to establish paternity in Long Island, New York?

At The Law Office of Michael J. Brescia, P.C., we understand the various difficulties that you could encounter in these types of situations. We understand the various difficulties that arise in other family law matters, and you can count on us to stand by you and work with you towards the results that you need if you choose to work with us.

Our firm has been serving the residents of Long Island, New York in various family law matters for a number of years, and you can be sure that we will put this experience to work for you.

Contact us today to discuss your situation, and to begin pursuing the results that you need. One of the best ways to start is through filling out a case evaluation form and explaining your situation. We will be able to explain to you the best options to move forward.

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